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Top Trump aide says president is 'eager to return to the campaign trail' amid reports a planned rally was scrapped

Top Trump aide says president is 'eager to return to the campaign trail' amid reports a planned rally was scrappedTrump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh held a press conference call with reporters on Tuesday where he said the president is “eager to return to the campaign trail and to keep campaigning and keep connecting with Americans.” 



`You broke my wrist!' Police sued for taking down wrong man

`You broke my wrist!' Police sued for taking down wrong manBody camera video shows Antonio Arnelo Smith handing his driver's license to a Black police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a white officer walks up behind him, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. “Oh my God, you broke my wrist!” the 46-year-old Black man screams as two more white Valdosta officers arrive, holding him down and handcuffing him following the takedown. One eventually tells Smith he's being arrested on an outstanding warrant, and is immediately corrected by the first officer: They've got the wrong man.



Study finds asteroid impact, not volcanoes, made the Earth uninhabitable for dinosaurs: 'Only plausible explanation'

Study finds asteroid impact, not volcanoes, made the Earth uninhabitable for dinosaurs: 'Only plausible explanation'A new study found what happened to the Earth's dinosaurs. An asteroid strike blocking out the sun for years and causing permanent winters was cause.



Feud ends in gunfire as pastor kills two in front of his daughter, Las Vegas cops say

Feud ends in gunfire as pastor kills two in front of his daughter, Las Vegas cops sayThe man, a pastor at a Las Vegas church, killed his 71-year-old neighbor and her friend with a shotgun, police say.



Texas Bar Owners Sue Over Reimposed Coronavirus Restrictions

Texas Bar Owners Sue Over Reimposed Coronavirus RestrictionsSeveral Texas bar owners on Monday sued over Governor Greg Abbott’s order to shut down their businesses again as coronavirus cases in the state soar.Texas reported a record high on Monday of 5,913 individuals hospitalized for the coronavirus, and new cases of the virus rose on Saturday to a record daily high of 6,263 confirmed new cases. Deaths from the virus have remained level, however.The bar owners filed lawsuits in Austin, Houston, and Galveston, charging that the governor has exceeded his authority under the state constitution to order bars to close again and claiming that the restrictions are being unfairly imposed on bars while other businesses, such as nail and hair salons, are allowed to continue operating. The owners are demanding that Abbott call the state legislature into a special session to handle the issue.“Gov. Abbott continues to act like a king,” said Jared Woodfill, a lawyer representing the bar owners. “Abbott is unilaterally destroying our economy and trampling on our constitutional rights.”Abbott rolled back his state’s reopening process on Friday, singling out activity in bars as a driving factor of the spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations Texas has experienced.“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the Republican governor said. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars.”The governor’s slowdown of the reopening process reimposes restrictions on businesses he had allowed to reopen at partial capacity, including bars, restaurants, gyms, malls, and bowling alleys. Bars were required to close at 12 p.m. on Friday but are allowed to remain open for delivery and take-out orders. Restaurants may operate dine-in service at 50 percent capacity, down from the 75 percent capacity Abbott approved earlier this month. The majority of gatherings of 100 or more people must gain approval from local governments.The announcement came two days after Abbott warned that the coronavirus is now spreading in Texas at an “unacceptable rate” and pleaded with residents to wear masks in public and continue practicing social distancing.Several other states have seen their coronavirus cases spike in the last several weeks, including Florida, Arizona, and California. Along with Texas, Alabama, Missouri and Nevada.



COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. may be 28% higher than official count, study estimates

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. may be 28% higher than official count, study estimatesResearchers calculate that there were 122,300 more deaths in the U.S. in March, April and May this year than are typically seen during that three-month period.



Simon Cheng: UK asylum for ex-consulate worker 'tortured in China'

Simon Cheng: UK asylum for ex-consulate worker 'tortured in China'Simon Cheng is granted asylum in the UK almost a year after he was detained by Chinese authorities.



Russian envoy says North Korea anger over leaflets was for depiction of Kim’s wife

Russian envoy says North Korea anger over leaflets was for depiction of Kim’s wifeA series of condemnations over leaflets distributed in North Korea were driven by fury over “dirty, insulting” depictions of leader Kim Jong Un’s spouse, Russia’s top envoy in the reclusive country has said.



Did a Cyber-Weapon Blow Up an Iranian Missile Factory—And Is This Cyber-War?

Did a Cyber-Weapon Blow Up an Iranian Missile Factory—And Is This Cyber-War?Israeli and U.S. officials have denied any responsibility.



Amid surge in coronavirus cases and mounting criticism, GOP leaders do about-face on masks

Amid surge in coronavirus cases and mounting criticism, GOP leaders do about-face on masksAs the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage large swaths of the U.S., leading Republicans and even some right-wing TV personalities have come out in favor of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus.



1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop dies

1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop diesOne of the two Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers who were shot during a traffic stop has died, authorities said Tuesday. Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Sgt. Craig Johnson died Tuesday. Franklin described Johnson's death as a “tremendous loss” to the police department.



Former Pope Benedict's brother Georg dies at 96

Former Pope Benedict's brother Georg dies at 96Georg Ratzinger, the brother of former Pope Benedict who nurtured a very close relationship over decades to his sibling, has died at the age of 96 in the German town of Regensburg on Wednesday, the local archdiocese said. In June, Benedict, aged 93, had spent five days in his native Germany to visit his ailing brother, who was also a priest. It was the first time that Benedict left Italy since 2013, when he became the first Pope to resign in six centuries.



‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.

‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.Warning: This article contains profane language.



Gun Sales Spike, FBI Background Checks Set New Record

Gun Sales Spike, FBI Background Checks Set New RecordBackground checks for gun sales spiked again in June, setting a new record for the highest number of checks in one month as nationwide protests, riots and the coronavirus pandemic continued to increase safety concerns for many.The National Instant Criminal Background Check System conducted 3.9 million checks in June, an increase of 70 percent over June 2019. Last month’s numbers broke the previous record of 2.7 million checks set in March.Already this year, the FBI has recorded 19 million background checks in the system, more than were recorded during first 14 years of the system, which has been operating since 1998. Only six months into 2020, the surge in checks is already nearing last year’s record of 28 million background checks.The number is not a representation of gun sales, but is used to estimate the number of weapons that trade hands. Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, a consulting firm that tracks the gun market, estimates that 2.3 million firearms were sold in June, a year-over-year increase of 145.3% from June 2019.Protests, riots and looting have raged across the country in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. Footage surfaced online of armed business owners and civilians in multiple cities protecting businesses from rioters and looters. Other sources of concern for gun buyers may include gun control advocate Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy, as well as concern that other states might follow Virginia’s suit in setting new gun limits. The Washington Examiner reported a backlog on weapons, ammunitions and parts.The marketing director for one of the biggest sellers in the nation, Hyatt Guns of Charlotte, North Carolina, told The Washington Examiner, “I’ve been in this business going on 14 years, and I have never seen this much demand. There are shortages of nearly every single defensive firearm currently manufactured.”



Fact check: Picture of a massive dust cloud is over Phoenix, not Puerto Rico

Fact check: Picture of a massive dust cloud is over Phoenix, not Puerto RicoA post incorrectly attributes a 2018 photo to the recent Sahara dust storm and misstates that Puerto Rico was damaged by the storm.




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